Persistence – Everyone needs to learn it’s meaning.

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January 2, 2011

“Here’s the kid, calls me 59 days in a row says he wants to be a player. There ought to be a picture of you in the dictionary under persistence kid.” — Gordon Gekko (Wall Street – 1987)

Today (Sunday) I received a random phone call from someone who was offered a job in our company. He was trying to understand a few more details on the culture and wanted to know if it would be wise for him to work from our headquarters or would the satellite offices work fine for him as well.

Things to note:
1. I did not know this person
2. The person calls me after Googling me up and looked up my information from my website ( )

Here is complete event in chronological order:

  1. Receive the phone call from a random person @ 10.50 a.m. – To get advise on the job offer he had already received from our company. Wanted to know what would be better: Working from our Headquarters or Remotely.
  2. I was a bit busy at that time and asked him to call me after half an hour to discuss the same.
  3. The person called me 90 minutes later @ 12.20 p.m. . He was already an hour late in calling me.
  4. This was the time I was to have my lunch. So I asked him to call me at 1.00 p.m. (Within 40 minutes)
  5. He was again late and called me half an hour later @ 1.30 p.m .
  6. I told him:
    1. You are the one in need of the information.
    2. You should honor the time I give you or else let me know of a different time that’s more suitable to you.
    3. It’s not polite to call someone who wants to help you and keep that person waiting for your call.
    4. I asked him to call me at 6:00 pm today evening
  7. I am amazed by this person’s sense of responsibility. He calls me at 9.40 pm. (which is 3 and half hours late).
  8. I told him:
    1. He was not being serious of what he wanted
    2. He was taking things for granted and thought people would work to his time even thought it should have been the other way.
    3. He needs to understand the value of time.
  9. He apologized of his mistake(s) and I spoke with him for a good 25 minutes after that; giving him the advice he needed.

This event made me realize, that in current time, people are being a lot more irresponsible and not focusing on getting the job done in time.

Here there are a couple of things I learned:

  1. Value Time: One should value his own and the time of the other party. If someone is taking the time to help you, don’t dis-honor that. My father always said to me: Time is money. Use it wisely.
  2. Correction: If you make mistake once, at least try to correct it the next time. Always accept your mistakes and apologize.
  3. Reflection: Consistent mistakes leads to a bad impression
  4. Chance: No matter how much of a mistake someone makes, always give the person another chance to improve and learn from his mistakes. This will make you more respectable and will help the other person in his time of need.

I hope todays experience teaches this young lad the value of time. I was however glad that this person did not give up even after me telling him that he was wrong in many ways. This is what is known as Persistence. (The quality of continuously pushing forward even when failure strikes).

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